“What Dreams Are Made Of….” goes the song from the iconic Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Those are about good dreams coming true. Not all dreams are good nor do they come true. Some dreams, we see again and again.
Finding the meanings of dreams, especially recurring dreams isn’t easy. Because dreams come from our subconscious mind and our reality is based on our consciousness.
Often we see people we know in our dreams. These are easier to understand from what they say or do in our dreams. But what about recurring dreams about the same place? The first time you might dismiss it as meaningless or incomprehensible. But when it appears in your dreams repeatedly, it might make you wonder.
This article focuses on recurring dreams, specifically about the same place. Here, you will learn how to figure out what to look for in your dreams and discover ways to decipher their meaning.
Where to begin?
As mentioned earlier, dreams are created from the hidden depths of our subconscious mind. You may already know that our subconscious mind is the exhaustive storage space for all our memories, emotions, feelings, and thoughts. Nothing gets erased from our subconsciousness though our conscious mind isn’t aware of its contents.
Dreams are one of the mechanisms to bring certain memories or emotions from our subconscious mind to our consciousness. When we sleep, only our conscious mind is at rest. Our subconscious mind takes over. This is when the stored data from the subconscious emerges as a dream.
More often than not, dreams relate to emotions. Rarely can we find any logic in what we see in our dreams. That is because logic is present only in our conscious mind. In fact, it is when your conscious mind regains control that you realize the lack of logic in what you saw. You call it a dream.
So, the best way to start our search for the origin and meaning of our dreams is to figure out the emotions associated with them.
Dreams and emotions
Dreams are similar to emotional arguments. As emotions dominate the discussion, there is no point in searching for logic in the exchange. The lack of coherence will be the running theme. Emotions will be going haywire, making it hard for your conscious mind to make sense of the whole thing.
Most dreams have an underlying theme of strong emotions like fear, anger, and sadness. Based on this emotion, your subconsciousness will weave a storyline with no regard for logic. In fact, absurdness and irrationality are the most prominent characteristics of dreams.
Identifying and understanding the underlying emotion is key to unraveling the mystery of dreams.
Why do we see recurring dreams?
Dreams bring something that is troubling us from our subconscious mind to our consciousness. As you become aware of this problem, you naturally try to figure out a solution and there the saga will end. However, there are times when you fail to address the issue and try to sweep it under the carpet or postpone it for a later date.
When such unresolved issues persist in your mind, your subconsciousness will send you reminders. This appears to you as recurring dreams.
When you’re concerned about and troubled by something in your waking hours, this triggers a series of reactions in your subconscious mind. At night, when you sleep, your concern and anxiety will express themselves in your dreams. Even though in dreams these emotions and feelings are exaggerated and even distorted, it is essentially the same sentiments.
When you repress the thought or feeling because you don’t consider it significant or don’t have time to address it, it will remain alive in your subconscious mind. If nothing happens to drown it out, it will continue to remain on the top of your subconscious mind. So, it comes out again as a dream. This repeats until you notice it and take it seriously. Unless you figure out a solution, the dream will keep recurring.
Dreams are like kids vying for your attention. The only way to silence them is to give them the attention they seek and deal with them. They will quiet down only if you resolve the underlying issue. There is also the possibility of recurring dreams disappearing after prolonged periods when the issue becomes irrelevant.
Interpreting recurring dreams about the same place
When you see recurring dreams about the same place, it can either be a real place from your memory or a place you’ve never been. A real place you’ve been may make more sense to you. But it isn’t hard to figure out what the unknown place in your recurrent dream represents. Because both known and unknown places from your dream need not denote the actual place. Often it is in some way connected to an emotion.
Interpreting the meaning of a recurring dream involves zeroing in on the emotion associated with the place. What does that place represent in your life? What does it mean to you? What emotions does it evoke in you?
You can transport yourself to this location and try to recollect your feelings when you last visited the place. This is easier with dreams about places you used to live. Are you feeling troubled by it? Maybe your long-lost friend or a sibling or a cousin is trying to get in touch with you. Maybe you have unresolved issues with them and this is the reason you’ve been putting it off.
Or the place in your dreams could be somewhere you went once or twice and you have definite memories and emotions linked to this place. You may want to go there again and experience those emotions. If you had a traumatic experience at this place, the dream is prompting you to deal with the trauma and move on.
You may have avoided thinking about this traumatic event for a long time and buried it deep in your mind. Some other incidents must have brought memories of the incident to the surface and hence revisiting unknown places in dreams.
Sometimes, we assign such places symbolic meanings because our experience in that place has been traumatic or less than desirable. Places can stand for joy, peace of mind, freedom, fear, stress, or anxiety. When these emotions and feelings are triggered in our minds, we may see those places in our dreams.
Sometimes dreams can be more complicated than this. When a place recurs in your dreams, you may have to pay attention to the feeling of the place. Is happiness or peace of mind the prevalent theme? Or is there tension or threat hanging in the air? You get an inkling of this by looking closely at the dream sequence. Does the place look luxurious or run down? Is it well-lit or dark? If there is a background score, is it cheerful or ominous?
In dreams, emotions are translated into symbolic representations such as places and people.
Experiencing déjà vu in dreams
Déjà vu moments are common in real life. You may experience it in dreams as well when you come across the same place or person. Just like in the real world, you feel as if you have seen the same place in a dream in the past.
If you experience a déjà vu moment whether in real life or a dream, the consequences are similar. The places associated with it can be part of your past life or entirely made up by your imagination. Even if it exists only in your imagination, the place would be formed from bits and pieces of your real memories of different places you know.
And just like in the real world, you can make modifications to this place by building structures or adding furniture, or installing decor. The same place with the same add-ons may appear in your dreams again, giving rise to a déjà vu dream.
Frequently Asked Questions About Recurring Dreams
Recurring dreams are dreams that repeat themselves over and over again. They can be about the same person, place, or situation, and often leave the dreamer feeling unsettled or curious.
The best way to start interpreting your recurring dreams is to focus on the emotions associated with them. Since dreams are related to emotions, it is important to identify and understand the underlying emotion in your dream. Once you have identified the emotion, try to figure out what that place or person represents in your life and what emotions it evokes in you.
Recurring dreams are the subconscious mind's way of reminding us about unresolved issues or problems. They persist until we address the issue or try to find a solution. Once we have dealt with the issue, the dream will stop recurring.
Yes, there is a possibility of recurring dreams disappearing on their own, especially when the issue becomes irrelevant. However, it is important to pay attention to your dreams and try to address the underlying issue in order to avoid recurring dreams in the future.
To interpret a recurring dream about the same place, it is important to focus on the emotions associated with that place. What does the place represent in your life? What emotions does it evoke in you? By recollecting your feelings when you last visited that place, you may be able to identify the reason behind your dream.
Final thoughts on recurring dreams
Pleasant or not, a recurrent dream can be unsettling. If you want to stop it, the best route would be to figure out the underlying emotion behind it and deal with it. Usually, dreams will give you a direct message about what you should do. Once you follow the instructions given in the dreams, such recurring dreams vanish.
If you’re concerned about something, do what is necessary to alleviate the anxiety and make yourself calm down. If the recurrent dream is related to a traumatic event in your life, seeking therapy may be a good idea.
With recurring dreams about the same place, you are stuck on some emotion or incident. Your subconsciousness is nagging you to deal with it. You can get unstuck only by dealing with the issue.